August 26 - August 30, 2013
Long Island Business Council
The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.
“No one can match King’s brilliance. But the same flame that lit the heart of all who are willing to take a first step for justice - I know that flame remains.” - President Barack Obama speaking at the 50th anniversary of
Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington.
California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island Cooking Up Fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims
Friends of Long Island will also be hosting a fundraiser at all California Pizza Kitchen locations across the island on Aug. 30. To participate, simply bring this flier with you and 20 percent of your bill will be donated to Friends of Long Island. All funds collected will go directly to affected communities helping families to get back in their homes.
Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy is a diverse coalition of local community and business organizations focused on post-Sandy rebuilding. Approximately 18 different community groups make up Friends of Long Island representing Sandy affected communities from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Although it has been almost 9 months since the storm, many south shore neighborhoods, residents and businesses still need all forms of assistance. The goal of these groups is to ensure public and private resources make it directly to local communities, and has pledged to raise $500,000 to this end.You can also send a donation to Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy by clicking here.
Keeping New York Out Of The Red
After the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, state officials summoned Long Island community members to help prevent New York State from a financial deficit.
Baby Boomers Leaving Suburbia For Downtown
The hipster movement may have breathed life into downtowns like Williamsburg, although a larger, more diverse population is settling into these walkable communities.
Older residents are sharing downtowns with the younger, artistic crowd, according to a “Wall Street Journal” article in Tuesday’s edition, and even gradually replacing them.
A Seattle-based real estate firm reported seeing more clients in their 50s and 60s with more wealth abandoning their homes for downtown condominiums. The firm sold 34 condo penthouses and luxury town homes for more than $1 million in Seattle neighborhoods between March and October 2012; many were sold to baby boomers – identified as those born between 1946-1964. That figure also marked a 40 percent increase from 2011.
Third-party analysis of U.S. Census data revealed baby boomer population declined at a more significant rate 40-80 miles outside of the country’s 50 largest cities than within 5 miles of those cities. A different study found more Americans age 55 and older are living in condos, up from 7.3 percent in 2005 to 9.6 percent in 2011. And more Americans are looking to call the big city home.
According to a 2011 poll by the National Association of Realtors, 19 percent wanted to live in a city, compared to 13 percent in 2004. With the children moved out, some experts say baby boomers prefer walkable downtowns to large houses.
"Baby boomers are tired of mowing the lawn. They're looking for a more diverse environment," said Chris Leinberger, chairman of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business.
When developers Toll Brothers – known for building sprawling suburban communities – created their city living decision in 2003, they planned for “young people with money.” Instead, a large percentage of their clientele has become baby boomers. The older generation represents 75 percent of construction in Gramercy Park, half of a new condo near Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia and 25 percent of new construction in Hoboken.
And as more baby boomers call cities home, overall demand rises, sending prices soaring. Within the 50 cities referenced earlier, Leinberger confirmed the price per square foot includes a 40-200 percent premium compared to nearby suburbs. Toll Brothers also noticed higher prices for urban land, referencing a 30-50 percent increase in the past eight years.
Baby boomers seemingly have few problems with the increased prices, although many of the younger residents are leaving quicker. Where hipsters used to live in neighborhoods for 10 years before getting priced out, the Seattle-based real estate firm now sees them leave after just five years. In neighborhoods reclaimed by the younger artists and musicians in the 1990s, expensive boutiques and celebrities are the norm in 2005.
"The pace of change is unbelievable," Halstead Property agent Warner Lewis said.
$10 Million In State Grants Sought For Hub Parking
Parking garages near the Nassau Coliseum could help develop billions down the road, claim applicants seeking state money to build them.
County's $250,000 May Fund Kiosks, Downtown Projects
Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer (D-Centerport) joined members of the Village Board and community groups Monday to announce public funding for informational kiosks. Northport resident and kiosk designer Steven King joined Spencer, Mayor George Doll, Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin, Chamber of Commerce President Debi Triola Northport Arts Coalition (NAC) Director Dan Paige and Downtown Revitalization Citizen’s Advisory Board member Keith Barrett at the end of Main Street.
“Making Northport Village an even more attractive and vibrant place to visit, shop and enjoy family and friends is a smart way to not only improve our quality of life but also to improve the economy of the county as a whole,” Spencer said.
Plans to build a kiosk near Village Park and two boards downtown were made public earlier this summer. The larger kiosk would house a running slideshow of upcoming events and Village history, and helpful volunteers when available. One board would stand near the Village Park parking lot and the other would stand near the post office.
Suffolk County’s Downtown Revitalization Citizen’s Advisory Board recently offered their support for a $15,500 grant. The proposal is expected to be included with other smaller grant applications from across the county as part of a $250,000 resolution.
The proposed grants range from $7,500-$48,000 and would benefit projects in Northport, Lindenhurst, Central Islip, Babylon, Amityville, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Easthampton, Flanders and Riverside. The largest amount would go towards decorative crosswalks with a warning surface, curb extensions and decorative streetlights in Rocky Point, while the smallest would go towards informational kiosks in Babylon Village.
Legislative sources confirmed the resolution should be filed on Sept. 12 and voted on Oct. 8.
Funds will be awarded on a competitive grant basis, using a merit-based scoring system judging the leveraging of additional funds, economic impact, reasonable expectation of completion, overall downtown improvement and proximity to downtown.
Triola said they filed the application in June on behalf of Village Hall, the Rotary Club of Northport, Northport Historical Society, Northport Arts Coalition, Northport-East Northport Kiwanis Club, Minstrel Players, Bare Bones Theater and Cow Harbor Day.
“We have so many wonderful organizations in Northport, it’s nice we can have one central location,” Triola said. “It’s a go-to place for all events and businesses.”
Spencer said he is optimistic his colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature will approve the grant. For contact information, visit their website.
Rally On For Saturday To Support The 11518
Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!
Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.
Thanks for your past help of Sandy impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.
This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:
With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:
Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP
Celebrate Huntington Awareness Day Next Week
When it comes to celebrating downtowns, nothing tops a parade.
National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.
Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.
Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.
About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.
The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:
Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges
For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.
NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722
The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.
NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.
Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) - plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.
Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)
All proposals must provide a minimum of 50 percent cost- sharing.
Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5 p.m. Eastern Time*
Proposal Submission -Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or email@example.com. If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335 firstname.lastname@example.org.
No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or email@example.com. Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.
*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this PON, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at www.nyserda.ny.gov.
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Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:
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Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday Sept. 1 between 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.
Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.
Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between Sept. 19-22 at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.
Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route 24).
Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
Happy Labor Day!
"Labor Day is the holiday when we celebrate the working women and men of our great country, a holiday they truly deserve. We in the labor movement have so much to be proud of, for each and every day we fight on behalf of our members and for those who have no voice. We fight for justice, for dignity and the respect that every working women and man deserve. We fight for our future and for our children’s future; we lead the struggle for people of every race, creed, sexual orientation or national origin to be treated equally and fairly. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, those women and men who fought and sometimes died to give us the rights we all enjoy." -
John Durso, president of Long Island Federation of Labor
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